Muddy ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by hillybesn, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. hillybesn

    hillybesn New Egg

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    I am a chicken owner who is new to ducks, I recently took on 6 muscovys we had a rain storm this past week and they have gotten horribly muddy, it is very cold her in New England so I am not very sure what to do about helping the get clean any advice would be helpful
     
  2. creaturelife

    creaturelife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you could just leave them or just bring them inside to the tub and clean them off
     
  3. newfoundland

    newfoundland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My ducks in 'old England' are also very muddy after all the recent rain. I find if I put lots of straw down for them and give them plenty of clean water they eventually clean themselves up. I often have to renew the straw daily, but every day they are a little cleaner. I am wary of washing them as the weather is very cold.
     
  4. montyhp

    montyhp Out Of The Brooder

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    You need to give them a source of water that they can wash in. Mine have a kiddie swimming pool that they can get in. They keep themselves very clean.
     
  5. creaturelife

    creaturelife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    right now i have 2 kiddie swim pools cause i have one for my geese and the other for the ducks but they both share but its to cold they are both frozen so i just give my duck warm water every morning and night in there watering dish but they dont get in it i also found me a mallard egg today it was a green color but it froze and cracked o the joy of winter
     
  6. StruckBy

    StruckBy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When it was too cold for kiddie pools for my ducks (not because it was too cold for them to bathe; the water would freeze in just a few hours), I carried out jugs of water to put a couple inches in dishpans and/or litter pans at least once a week. I would try to do one pan for every two ducks or they would spend all their time (and spill all the water) jockeying for their chance rather than bathing.
     
  7. creaturelife

    creaturelife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i let my duck have it every day but they never get in them and wash off they just drink all the warm water up and i have 14 ducks and 6 egg in the bator so i have alot to keep them all lean but i still want more ducks
     
  8. Frank Phinster

    Frank Phinster Chillin' With My Peeps

    They usually clean themselves when they have the chance. As long as the feathers don't get sticky or otherwise compromised in their function or structur, the mud is more of a cosmetic problem. How badly do they look? Damaged plumage miht indicate furthr problems as Wet Feather.
     
  9. StruckBy

    StruckBy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you mean that they are drinking ALL the water? If they are actually drinking all the water (or down to 1/2" or so), I'd be very worried that they simply aren't being provided with sufficient thawed water for drinking, let alone bathing. Ducks drink A LOT of water. When we lived in NV & had about a dozen ducks & 6 chickens (numbers went up & down depending on the year), we typically hauled out 4 gallons of water twice a day so 8 gallons total. At that rate, they had pretty much consumed all of the water with drinking & limited bathing in between the morning & evening watering. We used heated dog bowls in the winter so it stayed thawed.
     
  10. creaturelife

    creaturelife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they only drink about a gallon of it cause it takes a 2 gallons to fill it up and they only do that when i bring the warm water out of the mornings i have 14 soon to be 16 and more later on i think that they are drinking about a good amount for 14 ducks
     

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